John F. Russell: Rallying for the cause |

John F. Russell: Rallying for the cause

— The scene at the Rally for the Cure golf tournament never really seems to change.

Golfers arrive for the afternoon session to find organizer Linda Danter running around the patio area at the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club leading a group of volunteers determined to make a difference in someone’s life.

There are tables lined with silent auction items and bidders hoping to place the winning bid.

The good news is that Danter and the other volunteers have made a difference in lots of people’s lives during the past 13 years, and the scene continues to grow.

Rally for the Cure has made a difference by raising money to help women pay for preventative care, it has made a difference by helping those with breast cancer get the treatments they need and it has made a difference by providing everyday items those with cancer might need if they travel to Denver or Vail for treatment.

The money from the tournament, along with the money raised by the Bust of Steamboat fundraiser in October, goes to the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. It’s a dedicated group of people with one mission: Wipe out breast cancer.

That group uses the funds to help in the battle against breast cancer at a grass-roots level.

I’m sad to say that the sea of pink Danter helps bring to life every July probably never will wash the horrible impacts of breast cancer off the face of the earth. But at least she and the others who come out are trying.

She can take pride in the fact the tournament might make life a little easier for the mothers, sisters and daughters who have been pulled into a war that nobody ever wants to wage. It is also a lifeline for the families who feel the impacts of cancer.

The great thing about Rally for the Cure in Steamboat is the volunteers who show up year after year to support the cause.

It’s great because of women like Danter who are willing to give their time before, during and after the tournament to make sure that the event is a success every year.

It’s great because of the support the tournament gets from local businesses that offer prizes, auction items and donations that end up helping people who have been impacted by cancer in Moffat and Routt counties.

It’s great because golfers continue to come out in force every year to play in the event and to raise awareness and money in the battle.

Yes, it’s true that the scene is always the same on the patio of the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, but that’s the really great thing about Rally for the Cure. Year after year, people come to the golf course, open their wallets and make the effort to help others deal with the devastating impacts of cancer.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email

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